Backyard Lighting TipsOn December 29, 2020 by Walter Powell
Well placed lighting can transform your backyard into a nighttime oasis. When it is dark outside, people naturally congregate in lit spaces. Expand your entertainment space by lighting wandering pathways and secret gardens throughout your yard. Being outside should be an experience, so use lighting to highlight the best features of your yard.
If you have a pool, then it is probably the main attraction in your backyard. Pools look beautiful when they are lit up. Built-in underwater lights are worth the investment. Pool owners who have these lights are much more likely to use their pool at night. There are also products, such as floating glow balls, that are battery operated and fairly inexpensive.
Water features, such as fountains, lend a relaxing sound to the backyard. They are also a sparkling focal point at night when lighting is incorporated. A spotlight could be used to highlight the water feature. Or, underwater lights can be added to give a subtle glow to the area. Water and lighting, when combined correctly, create a relaxing experience like no other.
A trail of twinkling lights is hard to resist. Lights are a great way to lead guests to specific parts of your yard. But resist the ease of installing a line of boring walkway markers. Look for lighting products that incorporate natural elements. Illuminated logs appear to glow from within and add a whimsical touch. Landscape lighting Boca Raton in flower beds or planters are a nice soft option. These force your guests to look around and admire your plants, instead of looking down at their feet. You can also hang lights in trees that border a walkway. This creates a different layer to the backyard design by drawing eyes up and to the stars. You can also wrap the tree trunks in solar-powered tree lights.
Nothing draws people outside to congregate more than a fire pit. Having a fire serves many purposes. It provides light, heat and even food! Building a fire pit is fairly easy to do yourself. If you don’t want to dig out a portion of your lawn, then portable firepits can easily be purchased.
If you have a dining area outside, then light it up with an assortment of lanterns. Large lanterns can be placed on the ground, and smaller ones can be placed on tables. This provides different layers of light. String lights can be draped above your head, in trees or from poles. Chandeliers also look very pretty when converted to solar power and hung from a tree above an outdoor dining space.